Jim recently mocked me (he’ll tell you it was just an “observation”) that I’m stuck in the 80s. Nothing could be further from the truth. I’m a child of the 80s and no doubt influenced by the cheesy pop-rock that dominated Casey Kasum’s American Top Forty. Starting in college, and most notably attending the ZooTV tour for U2, I was exposed to Public Enemy and Big Audio Dynamite II and that pushed me down the Indie/Alternative path that would weave through the fabric of growing up 90s.
This led to a fervent and strong love of hip hop, beyond LL Cool J, Run DMC or even Digital Underground.
This mix is a heavy blend of progressive hip hop and electronica and some trip-hop. There’s no other theme here other than to serve notice that I’m not stuck in some scene in a John Hughes film.
That said, there are often moments I hear Wang Chung’s “Fire in the Twilight” — pretty much everyday.
- Thievery Corporation – Sound the Alarm
- DJ Danger Mouse – Encore
- Ladytron – Tomorrow
- Q-Tip – Work It Out
- Moby – I Love to Move In Here
- Santogold – I’m a Lady
- The Foreign Exchnage – Let’s Move
- Blackalicious – Make You Feel That Way
- The Roots – Guns Are Drawn
- Method Man – Release Yo’Delf (Prodigy Mix)
- Common – Universal Mind Control (UMC)
- Portishead – Machine Gun
- Massive Attack & Mos Def – I Against I
- Propellerheads – On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
- The Streets – Turn the Page
- Talib Kweli & Mos Def – Joy